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Spa Lodge Motel
Ranked #8 of 15 Hanmer Springs B&B and Inns
Reviewed 20 January 2013

We only stayed the one night and I wish it was longer. We had a family unit and my 2 girls had a wonderful sleep in the large single beds (king singles i think) and my Husband and I loved our big comfy bed (super king?). The unit had every thing you need and was a very clean with heaps of room to spread out. The host was very friendly and helpful. We are already planning a longer trip in the winter.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Judy I, Manager at Spa Lodge Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review our motel, your comments were much appreciated and we look forward to seeing you again in winter
Judy & Harry

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Reviewed 14 August 2012

We stayed with our two children in a two bedroom unit at this motel for a family weekend away.

The room was clean and tidy, but despite some evidence of updating (new TV, new vanity and kitchen taps, new vinyl flooring), the unit presented as a bit tired. It was probably motel of the year in 1972.

The main bedroom had basic fittings, not much drawer space, and no net curtain on the window (which looked out to the carpark). The second bedroom was a bit cramped, as although designed for two single beds, a third single bed had been crammed in beside the mirror (which made the only drawers inaccessible, and also presented a problem when trying to close the door). The lounge/dining/kitchen was quite spacious, with a 6-seat table, couch and two chairs. Original Crown Lynn dinnerware was provided and is probably quite collectible nowdays.

The only heating in the unit was from a wall mounted fan heater, but by keeping this going fulltime we were able to be warm and comfortable despite the cold wet weather outside.

Friendly hosts lent us towels for the hot pools (not much else to do in Hanmer when its raining). Even on the day we checked out!

Free wifi was appreciated too, although it was prone to dropping out frequently.

The main problem with the unit we had, was the noise from the unit upstairs. When they opened or closed their sliding door, it sounded like an earthquake, and we could hear them walking around their unit. Not nice when they get up to use the toilet at 4am :(

Room Tip: Avoid the units downstairs - noise from the unit above is very noticable and will wake you during th...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Kiwiana13
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Judy I, Manager at Spa Lodge Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2012

Thank you for your detailed comments, we appreciate you taking the time. We are currently looking into how we can get the wi-fi more reliable

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Reviewed 10 July 2012

Within yards of the pools, cafes and main street oh and stumbling distance from the bars..do I know this from experience..not telling! Basic unit with decor reflecting it's age - not somewhere you would stay for luxury stay however, if it's just a warm comfy bed you want, this place will suffice.

Room Tip: book a first floor room unless you can sleep through the thuds and bangs early in the morning from u...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Judy I, Manager at Spa Lodge Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2012

Thank you for your comments, we are gradually updating units and trying to find a solution to the noise problem

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Reviewed 24 April 2012

Very comfortable accommodation, tidy and clean, not 5 star but great value and within short walking distance to thermal pools. Not on the main street which makes it much quieter. Very friendly and helpful owners, and superb value for money. Would definitely recommend.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Judy I, Manager at Spa Lodge Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2012

We appreciate you taking time to comment on our motel

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Reviewed 25 March 2012

The comments of the other reviewers sum it up pretty good but I am giving it an "Excellent" in terms of value for money, this was the cheapest accommodation of our whole 30 night trip but we found it very comfortable with everything we needed and certainly very convenient to the hot spring pools. We only wish we were there longer than just one night. Also, internet was completely free and we really appreciated our hosts giving us towels for the hot springs free of charge, their normal service. These little things count. We'd be very happy to go back to the Spa Lodge.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Judy I, Manager at Spa Lodge Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2012

Thank you for your comments they were much appreciated

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Reviewed 18 March 2012

This is a family-oriented motel with a good garden and its own pool in an excellent location, very close to the spa but quietly tucked away just off the main street.

Our 1-bedroom unit was very spacious, though the decor and facilities were a little dated - but this is reflected in the price.

Room Tip: If you want a quiet room, ask the owners ahead of time. The plumbing in our unit was noisy, and ther...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Judy I, Manager at Spa Lodge Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2012

Thank you for your comments

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Reviewed 24 January 2012

This place was a great find, directly opposite the hot springs and yet tucked away. Great value for money, rooms are slightly dated but the new owners are doing it up slowly. Good price for the excellent location.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Judy I, Manager at Spa Lodge Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2012

Thank you for your comments much appreciated

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Additional Information about Spa Lodge Motel

Address: 15 Harrogate Street, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Hanmer Springs
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Hanmer Springs
Price Range: £60 - £78 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Spa Lodge Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spa Lodge is an older style motel with spacious, clean units each with kitchenette, separate bathroom and lounge,each unit has own outdoor seating,all set in a lovely garden with spectacular views. We have studio units, one bedroom units and two bedroom family units, all units have sky TV 50+ channels. Children's playground, guest laundry, undercover carparking,outdoor swimming pool (summer only) free wi-fi. Only a short walk to hot spring pools and town centre. ... more   less 
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